All thanks to the generosity of our supporters, The Salvation Army was able to help the men, women, and children who came to us in need this year. The people we served were diverse, as were the needs they brought to our doorstep. The Salvation Army meets people right where they are, helping them overcome their hardships, impacting their lives. We may have provided something as small as a bag of food or a simpleprayer, or as large as paying a power bill or providing shelter for a family with no home.
In all we do, our focus is making an impact on the community. Our goal is to be firm in our mission while adapting to the changes in the world around us. We see progress every day, made through the efforts of dedicated employees and volunteers, supported by heartfelt gifts from people like you. Thanks to you, we make a positive impact for the people who need it so desperately.
Most of all, we are grateful that our efforts have been blessed by God. Through His grace, we are changing hearts. Through His love, we are healing lives. And through His mercy, we will continue “Doing The Most Good.
Major Leona O'Bryant
Rockingham County Regional Coordinate
Lieutenant Sarah Birks
Eden Corps Officer
Jenny is ambitious for a 21 year-old. She had mapped out her life by the time she was 19 and moved to the community from her small town in Virginia to enroll in college. Her dream was to work for a nonprofit, so she began to pursue her degree in human services with minors in sociology and elementary education. She also started working at a daycare to support herself while in school. Her dream was starting to come together.
Then to her surprise, Jenny found out she was pregnant. The father was another college student and unable to help financially. She decided that she wouldn’t allow these circumstances to interrupt her life’s plan. She would stay in school and raise her child on her own, despite all the hardships.
“I wasn’t going to move back home. I came here for school and I was going to finish what I started.”
It was more difficult than she had imagined. There were times when college loans, rent, utilities and food bills felt like they were closing in around her. With the holidays approaching, Jenny went to The Salvation Army to help make her son’s first Christmas a bright one.
“My wish was simply to get a red wagon and some books for him. I was surprised to receive diapers and wipes as well.”
With the help of The Salvation Army, Santa delivered precious gifts to Jenny’s son at Christmas. This may not seem like much to many, but for this single mother and her newborn, it made all the difference.
Growing up, Mike describes his childhood as “rather sheltered.” He spent a lot of time at church, playing games with friends after school and reading at home. His passion for books led Mike to aspire to become a writer from a very young age.
After high school, he moved to New York and landed a job writing for a television show. Once that job ended, he was unable to find work and fell in with a tough crowd.
"I made some really bad choices," he explained. "But when I went to jail, I was determined to make changes and do something positive with my life."
After his release, Mike returned home to live with his family. He immediately enrolled in college, began volunteering at various organizations and found a job that enabled him to return living on his own. Mike worked to stretch his small income to coverthe bills but it wasn’t long before he found himself behind on his payments. Luckily, a friend told him about The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army’s crisis assistance program alleviated his current situation and also helped stabilize his finances. Mike was able to purchase his books for school and began a savings plan to better prepare himself for emergency situations.
"My life was headed for a downward spiral again but The Salvation Army never made me feel like a client or a charity case," Mike said. "I am so thankful."